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Uploaded on Nov 29, 2009
In under 4 minutes Pixar created a brilliant imaginative positive super fun role model for children everywhere. She is proactive, engaged in the world, exploring on her own terms, inviting others to join adventures in her clubhouse with minds wide open.
Ellie is unencumbered by ideological baggage, social conventions, burkas or glass ceilings. She is 1,000 percent: Center of Action. Her mind is alive and she is animated by it.
There is no excuse for our screens not being inundated with such female characters. Ellie should be the norm. Instead, role models for girls -- particularly in children's animation -- are virtually non-existant. That is the result of decisions which can change.
Maybe the concern has been young boys not being interested in films about princesses and fairies. Fine. Ellie is the girl every guy has fallen in love with, some of us over and over and over again. Guys dream Ellies. Dads will take their children to see movies with all sorts of female characters embodying Ellie's fun, proactive, inviting spirit. She is a phenomenon. A precious archetype. She is the embodiment of a philosophy which must be woven into the fabric of culture worldwide -- ultimately the reason some of us believe in the power of Art.
Ellie is a MIRACLE.
It is conceivable Ellie may become the most important character Pixar ever creates. We need more Ellies, less excuses.
(Congratulations to Ronnie del Carmen, Peter Docter, and the story crew for creating such a profoundly important character.)